Our Mission: To encourage the responsible use of the land and protection of our natural and cultural history by providing the opportunity to interact with the environment through education, research and environmentally sensitive recreation.
A variety of mammals populate the slopes of Mt. Equinox, protected by the thick natural cover and food sources that the forest provides. Black bears and bobcats range through these protected hillsides, and white-tail deer find good forage here. The Preserve supports many recognizable fauna, including raccoons, foxes, mink, coyotes, porcupines, snowshoe hares, and fishers. A keen observer may find signs of an occasional transient moose.
Numerous songbirds populate the forested slopes of Mt Equinox, including, but not limited to scarlet tanagers, ovenbirds, blue-throated and green throated black warblers, nuthatches, chestnut-sided warblers, red-eyed vireos, hermit and wood thrushes, pileated woodpeckers, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
Wild turkeys are common in areas abundant in red oaks. Montane songbirds a hiker may find near the summit include winter wrens, blackpoll warblers, and white-throated sparrows.
A number of reptile and amphibian species can be observed in the forest including red efts, red-backed salamanders, garter snakes, and gray tree frogs.
All trails are open for pedestrian use. The Equinox Preservation Trust may close some trails temporarily for repairs or to protect them from damage during muddy conditions.
An enlarged trail map is on display along with copies of the handy pocket guide & trail map, updated program information and special notices.
Informational kiosks greet visitors at both entrances to the Preserve. A third kiosk is located near the trail connector at the rear of the Equinox Hotel parking area.
Naturalists have long held Mt. Equinox in high esteem for its beauty and natural diversity, a valued source of study by botanists and ecologists since the late 1800s.